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SciArt image exhibition on “The Physics of Life”

Posted by on July 14th, 2011

  Last May the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Oeiras, Portugal) hosted the EMBO Workshop on Biophysical Mechanisms of Development (EMBO BMD 2011). As one of the organizers my main mission was to put together a Science and Art contest and exhibition, related with the workshop theme, which we entitled “The Physics of Life”. We were particularly interested in work[…]

Sperm stem cells and that trusty old friend Wnt

Posted by on July 14th, 2011

Sperm stem cells have a lot riding on their success.  Not only must they produce the actual sperm, but they must maintain a life-long supply.  So, the self-renewal of spermatogonial stem cells is a finely-tuned talent of these stem cells.  A recent paper in the Journal of Cell Science describes the role of Wnt signaling[…]

Job posting: Executive Editor for the journal Development

Posted by on July 13th, 2011

We’d like to draw your attention to one of the current job postings, even if you don’t normally look at the job ads page. After 8 very successful years with Development, Dr. Jane Alfred has decided to leave her position as Executive Editor. If you have editorial experience and are looking for a challenging role[…]

Muscular forces shape bone circumference

Posted by on July 13th, 2011

The massive cow femur I keep on a shelf right in front of me in my office clearly demonstrates that the shaft of a long bone is anything but a straight, smooth, symmetric tube. It is unevenly flattened and covered with ridges and grooves, bulges and depressions. This extremely intricate topography matches perfectly with adjacent[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 15)

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: BMP signalling rolls up in the neural tube During neurulation, polarised cell-shape changes at hinge points – specialised regions of the neural plate – help convert the neural plate into a tube. But how are these cell-shape changes regulated? To answer this question, Seema[…]

Wellcome PhD – Lab 2: Tea at the poles

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

This is my personal report on the second of three laboratory projects which I have undertaken during the rotation year of my 4-year Wellcome Trust PhD. I studied how yeast come in more shapes and sizes than you might have imagined. How do cells know which way is up? This is one of the most[…]

Keeping an Open Mind – A Scientist’s Quest for Positive Change

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

I am the founder and CEO of DataGiving. I founded DataGiving whilst completing my Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Cambridge. I have always been passionate about helping people. After completing my Bachelors degree in Psychology, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist at St Marys Hospital in London, helping adults with severe mental health[…]

Stem cell research in Qatar

Posted by on July 11th, 2011

There’s an interesting interview in Nature News, with Abdelali Haoudi – the vice-president for research of the Qatar foundation. Qatar opened a biomedical research institute a few years ago, and is now looking to expand this with a stem cell institute. The situation in Qatar is almost opposite of that of many other countries:  they[…]

Select a Development cover – round 4

Posted by on July 11th, 2011

The Embryology course at Woods Hole is still ongoing, and you can read more about what they’ve been up to so far in David Gold’s post. The images below are the last of last year’s course images that have a chance at appearing on the cover of Development. Which of these images will be next[…]

Greetings from the 118th Embryology Class

Posted by on July 6th, 2011

Twenty-four of us have been working for the past five weeks, studying development in a variety of contexts and organisms at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  The area is beautiful, but we don’t have much time to enjoy it.  This is a very intense course, we have lectures from 9am to noon,[…]